Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy LLM

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Within the rapidly globalising environment of intellectual property and digital commerce, this programme provides you with a unique opportunity to specialise in this increasingly important area of law.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • You will develop a critical understanding of a wide range of issues concerning the legal regulation of intellectual property and the digital economy.
  • You will benefit from access to and engagement with the Law School’s newly established £8M Research Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy: CREATe.
  • CREATe is a pioneering academic initiative – led by the Law School at the University of Glasgow – designed to help the UK cultural and creative industries thrive and become innovation leaders within the global digital economy. 
  • You will have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship at firms that specialise in intellectual property matters. At present, our strategic partners include: (i) Burness Paull & Williamsons, a top tier Scottish commercial law firm with extensive expertise in IP, IT and Information Law; and (ii) Cloch Solicitors, a boutique Scottish IP law firm.
  • You will benefit from our excellent facilities including the dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre.

Programme structure

You are required to take at least three courses from the following list (and four courses in total) and to submit a dissertation approved as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching.


  • Contemporary issues in intellectual property
  • Copyright in the digital environment
  • Design and patent law
  • European Union trade law
  • E-Commerce, rights management, and information
  • Intellectual property and the market
  • International and comparative intellectual property law
  • International and comparative moral rights
  • International competition law
  • Trade marks and brands.

Background and aims

‌This programme is designed to equip students with a detailed and critical understanding of the legal issues concerning the regulation of both intellectual property and the digital economy, including the place and importance of intellectual property within the digital economy. It will also enable students to locate, understand and evaluate these legal issues within a national, regional (European), and an international context. It will provide students with an advanced-level qualification giving rise to a wide range of employment opportunities including: legal practice (both general and specialised); government service; legal advisors to private companies and NGOs; independent consultancy; specialist researchers in academic and think-tank institutions; and, further advanced level study.

In the rapidly globalising environment of intellectual property and digital commerce, the combination of regulatory, policy, and management perspectives which this programme will provide should prove highly attractive to both students and employers.

The LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy also benefits from strategic relationships with local and national law firms. One of the advantages of these relations is that the students on this LLM are able to apply for summer internships at firms that specialise in intellectual property matters. At present, our strategic partners include: (i) Burness Paull & Williamsons, a top tier Scottish commercial law firm with extensive expertise in IP, IT and Information Law; and (ii) Cloch Solicitors, a boutique Scottish IP law firm.

As part of the Taught Masters Programme, there is a compulsory one-week induction programme, tailored specifically for the LLM. This offers students information and guidance on learning methods, research skills, and on non-academic aspects of life and study in Glasgow.

What our students say

Andreas Jauch, Germany (2011-12)

Andreas JauchWhy did you decide to study at the University of Glasgow?
After having finished my undergraduate law degree in Germany I always wanted to pursue further study for a year in the UK. A year before I started studying here, I attended an LLM fair in Germany were I met a Professor and a former LLM student from the University of Glasgow. Besides the very interesting programme, their insights about the city of Glasgow and Scotland influenced my decision a lot. Glasgow seemed to be a great, fun place to live – and in my opinion that should definitely influence ones opinion on where to spend a year. And after having lived here for a year, I absolutely agree.

Why did you choose your programme of study?
I decided to study the LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy because it is an exciting field of law. Especially the focus on the digital economy and relevant issues relating to the internet make this course so up to date. This focus distinguished it from other IP LLMs in the UK.

Also the fact that this particular LLM was taught in a very small group (less than ten students) made it very interesting and challenging for me since I was used to sitting in lectures of more than 100 students and no interaction between students and Professors whatsoever.


What can you tell us about your experience studying at the School of Law?
Everyone emphasises how friendly and helpful teaching as well as administrative staff is. And it is simply true. Whatever issues arise, the staff was always available to help out.

Also, the School of Law has its own small library which allows students to study in a more familiar atmosphere than the huge University Library.

What did you like the most?
I highly appreciated the discussions that arose in some of the classes. I had the feeling that teachers and students were discussing on an equal level and that the Professor was not just lecturing “from above”.

Also it was a lot of fun and culturally interesting to study with other students from around the world. Everyone’s input from their home countries made the seminars very multi-cultural and international. You do not only get an impression of the UK and European perspective, but also possibly the Indian, Chinese or Greek one.

I also liked the variety of assignments. Depending on the course and its structure you were writing academic essays on a specific topic of your choice, problem-based exams or presentations.

How was your academic experience?
Most of all, I enjoyed the openness of the teaching staff. They were very approachable and helpful e.g. in finding a topic for the final masters’ thesis and discussing the progress. Also, especially in the IP LLM, I had the feeling that the Professors deliberately give you freedom to write and discuss about issues of one’s interest. It was not a strictly fixed schedule, but instead there was a lot of room to individually talk about contemporary issues of the student’s choice. Hence, I had the feeling that the students’ interests were appreciated and incorporated in the seminars.

Throughout the year, the staff organised several meetings and discussions with practicing lawyers, guest speakers or other people in the IP business. We, the students, could get a broad insight into the field from a practical perspective.

What do you think of Glasgow, the city? How is it like to live here as a (international) student?
Glasgow is a fun place to live! People are in general very friendly (although sometimes very hard to understand due to the broad Glaswegian accent). So is the city. The University is located in the heart of the West End, where many restaurants, bars, pubs etc. are right around the corner. Also the city centre offers everything a student can ask for. Shopping, dining, clubbing… I personally lived in one of the University owned student accommodations in the city centre and had a great time meeting new friends from around the world.

One should keep in mind that the decision where to study an LLM should not only be based on the “hard facts” of what credentials a University provides and what programmes it offers etc. but it should also involve some thoughts about the city you will spend one year, since – fortunately – you will not spend all day every day in the library! And Glasgow scores on both these areas. On the one side it has a very beautiful, old campus with some impressive architecture, the classes are small and the staff are very motivated, and on the other side it has great parks and nightlife and the highlands are just a few miles away.

How do you feel your Programme helped you with your career plans?
The IP staff is eager in combining the academic and the practical side of IP law. They offer the possibility to get placements at Glaswegian law firms which allows you to get an insight from the practical point of view.

Also, the University advertises and promotes career events of international law firms. In my case, the University established a contact with an international law firm in Germany which subsequently led to a job once I was back.

What would you recommend to a potential student thinking of coming to the School of Law?
Compare different LLM programmes particularly regarding their class and seminar sizes. In Glasgow, there are no more than 20-25 students in one seminar. With such small numbers, you get way more out of each seminar and you are more involved in discussions.

Also, Glasgow is quite affordable. Tuition fees as well as living expenses are not as high as in other major cities in the UK.

Markus Burchardi, Germany (2015-16)

'When I applied for the dual-degree masters programme which is offered jointly by the University of Glasgow and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, I already knew that this would include spending the second year in Scotland.

Unlike with most other cities, I had no preconceived ideas about what Glasgow might be like. I had rarely ever heard about it before. Consequentially, the warmth of the Glaswegians coupled with the multifaceted appearance of the city really took my by surprise. This is a city with a character! And it's wonderful to live in as a student. There is always something to see and do and the university campus makes no exception here.

For my year in Glasgow, I chose Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy as my pathway specialisation. This fascinating area of law is highly interdisciplinary - a window into bordering areas such as the humanities, business studies and technology if you want. And quite often the cases we discussed were really really funny.

And though the teaching was intense, since "IP" is traditionally one of the smaller groups as far as student numbers are concerned, the classroom atmosphere always felt relaxed and inclusive. From my experience, the members of the IP teaching staff are highly approachable and they always have an open ear if you have an idea that you want to discuss - be it inside the classroom or outside.'

Yu-Chun Chen, Taiwan (2015-16)

'To study the LLM programme (Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy) in the University of Glasgow is amazing. The campus is very beautiful, especially the main building, just like Hogwarts. The courses are interesting and diverse; for instance, we had a movie night - we watched a movie and then discussed the relevant copyright issues. The professors are specialised and enthusiastic; the staff are also very keen to help. Moreover, the knowledge level of students is high, you could always learn a lot not only from the professor but also from your peers.

Glasgow is a city with beautiful parks, river, museums, cathedrals waiting for you to discover. Landscapes in four seasons are all astonishing. Also, people are very kind and friendly here, as a foreign student from Taiwan, I always felt very welcome. The city centre is not far from the University of Glasgow. There are Asian supermarkets and restaurants here, which is very convenient. You will never regret making a decision to live in Glasgow and study at the University of Glasgow.'

Anna Radova, Russian Federation (2015-16)

'As an international student I had two main reasons to attend the University of Glasgow: first, I wanted to develop my language skills and second, I was attracted by the LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy, a unique Masters programme, that to date has no equivalent in my mother country. I should say that the university has given me a truly unforgettable experience, that is, to study something you love. Despite the fact, the course was not an easy one, it was a pleasure to work with such a qualified team of professors in a friendly atmosphere, created by university staff and fellow-students. Furthermore, this is a great opportunity to discover Scotland and integrate in a new, foreign culture. Thus, I am very glad that I chose the University of Glasgow.'

Martine Valland, Norway (2015-16)

'Being a student in Glasgow has been beyond expectations - the city itself has so much to offer restaurants, bars, concerts and other social activities. Being a student at the University of Glasgow has made me approach academic studying at a whole new level, with professors and teachers really being engaged and present in the learning process. All together, both studying and living in Glasgow is highly and warmly recommended.'

older testimonials

Cem Abanazir, Turkey (2014-15)

'In my opinion the University of Glasgow has all the virtues of a top class university. It boasts strong historical roots, a progressive approach, a research oriented educational model, a well-regarded academic staff and the perfect student community. Just like the City of Glasgow, the university is vibrant and welcoming. Despite the fact that I had never lived abroad and had concerns with regard to adapting to a foreign culture, both the student community and the people of Glasgow have made me feel at home. A wide range of societies and sports clubs also help create a friendly atmosphere which brings people from different cultures together for a common cause, be it having fun or trying to make a positive impact in the world. Cultural and sporting activities in the city or within close proximity of it surely add to the experience of living in Glasgow. I can easily claim that applying for the University of Glasgow and especially my LLM programme is the best decision I have ever made.'

Priscila de Avila Cossa, Brazil (2014-15)

'It is hard to describe in words how wonderful is to be a student at the University of Glasgow: its infrastructure is outstanding; the course is very interesting and challenging; the staff are welcoming; the professors are highly recommended and supportive; and the experience of studying in such a renowned university is splendid. Besides the educational field, the university hosts students from all over the world, which is a great experience for any international student, like myself. Also, its charm is unique: every day I found a new path, angle or building that surprises me more about its beauty.

Glasgow is equally very interesting. There are expositions, museums, theatres, cinemas, pubs and events offered all year, and the people are friendly. In summary, I could not have made a better choice than deciding to live in Glasgow and study in such a prestigious university.'

Johannes Marl, Germany (2014-15)

'After having spent a year in Glasgow, I would definitely say that the University of Glasgow is the perfect location to do an LLM course in Intellectual Property Law.

First of all, the programme and the courses are exciting and taught by great staff. Everyone at the university is very supportive. As a foreign student, I always felt very welcome. The support and personal assistance offered both by the academic and administrative staff is extraordinary and certainly a special feature of the University of Glasgow. Another great aspect of the Glasgow LLM: you get to know people (and make friends) from all around the world, thus making the LLM year a hugely valuable lifetime experience.

In addition to the university, Glasgow is a wonderful city to live in, especially the West End. There are countless great pubs, bars and restaurants, as well as nice shops, beautiful streets and really nice parks. The River Kelvin adds a natural, almost wild vein to the city that is great for walking, jogging and spending some outdoor time right in the middle of town. Also, Glaswegians are usually really friendly, helpful and welcoming. I have actually not felt a stranger at all! Besides, Glasgow is a perfect gateway to the rest of Scotland and the UK.

Finally, the weather: it can get wet, but especially in Autumn and Spring it is usually much better than you will expect! Do not leave your shorts and t-shirts at home, you will need them in Glasgow...'

Phi Samakkimit, Thailand (2014-15)

'Intellectual Property Law is the law of technology. Similar to printing machines which have caused the public to be aware of copyrights, the internet and other recent innovations which urge us to develop new legal concepts such as trademarks and patents. As Intellectual Property Law and technology are indivisible, to understand the former, we need to understand the latter at the same time. The University of Glasgow offers the programme that meets this need. The LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy gives a range of choices which cover contemporary concerns. Studying in the UK which forms part of the EU, international staff and colleagues open opportunities to participate in debates taking place in every continent. The syllabuses are carefully designed to enhance students’ research skills. There are many activities, club (i.e. the IP society) and internships available for us to take part. Moreover, the academic ranking and profound history make sure the University of Glasgow is never overlooked.

Being an international student is not easy. However, the university provides special support for us. Right from visa, studying and personal issues, they are here to assist. The university is located in the West End where you can find many international cuisines. So, whenever we miss home, our traditional food always helps. The city, especially the West End, is renowned for colourful nightlife. But even if you are interested in architecture, nature and history rather than nightlife, then Glasgow is also your answer. The university itself makes me feel like I am studying in Hogwarts due to its neo-gothic designs. There are many museums, even one fits in the university’s main building. The Kelvingrove Park located at the foothill of university gives us a green space. I am really enjoying studying in Glasgow. After my graduation and the new chapter of my life begins, I will be confident of graduating from the University of Glasgow because I know how much I have learnt. Having the degree on my CV will definitely certify my capability.'

Nino Tsaturova, Georgia (2014-15)

'I was studying law and working in a law firm after graduation in Georgia. Soon after entering the legal world, I cultivated a passion for Intellectual Property Law. My attraction to the subject was influenced by the intriguing complexities of the field which transcends the traditional frames of law and touched on the spheres of my great interests in music, art and technology. An appreciation of the importance of a quality education led me to the University of Glasgow. Here you have a great opportunity to study the subject of your interest in a perfect environment. Glasgow is a wonderful city to live in, with a lot of events happening every day. You may hear a lot about the bad weather in Scotland. But, believe me, coming from a sunny country like me, you will value each sunny day and enjoy it like you never did in your country!'

Junyi Hao, China (2013-14)

'The University of Glasgow is one of the best universities in the UK. I really enjoy the profound history of this place. The programme I chose is exactly the field I want to dig into. In addition, there’re plenty of opportunities to secure a scholarship here.

Intellectual property law is always the field I am crazy about. And the University of Glasgow is one of the very few universities that offer programmes in relation to the intellectual property law in a digital era. Plus, the School of Law has the very leading scholars in this new intellectual property field. That’s why I choose both the programme and the University of Glasgow. The courses focus on the latest issues in the intellectual property law field. Most of the issues we’ve discussed remain pending. It is joyful to witness any milestone as well as what is happening in the current intellectual property law field.

Glasgow is a very beautiful city with tons of interesting things to do. The whole city is like a big garden. There’re lots of exciting events throughout the whole year. Most museums and galleries are free, People in Glasgow are extremely nice as well. I really enjoy my time in Glasgow. 

A University of Glasgow degree is the perfect business card for me to sell myself to the legal world. I believe such education background would add extra points to my legal career.'

Eva Bogaerts, Netherlands (2013-14)

'The University of Glasgow is an amazing place to study not just because of its fairytale castle-like building, the professors, law library and university staff, but also because the opportunity to interact with other students from various countries provides a source of inspiration and motivation. If one ever feels the need to escape studying, the city of Glasgow has so much to offer. One can relax in one of the parks, do great shopping in the city centre, visit any of the museums and at night either visit one of the university unions’ parties or go out into the city centre with its many pubs and clubs. And as if that is not enough, Glasgow has great transportation to any of the idyllic towns where one can get away from the city life and find oneself surrounded by the stunning Scottish nature. So…Glasgow is an amazing place to live and the University of Glasgow is an even more amazing place to study.'

Joao Camara, Portugal (2013-14)

'Studying and living in Glasgow has definitely been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Both the city and the university have a unique environment. I am fortunate to be studying in a course among people with many different nationalities, which is fantastic in order to share experiences with people with completely different backgrounds from mine. Also, the staff are very approachable and supportive, which is great in terms of integration and motivation. The weather might not be the best, as many say, but the city's unique and vibrant environment and community surely make up for it.'

Liberty Campbell-lochrie, United Kingdom (2013-14)

'Having lived in all the major cities in Scotland I would definitely say that the people of Glasgow are by far the friendliest. Studying in Glasgow has exposed me to a wide range of new experiences, from social, to cultural, to academic, both within the university and beyond and I have met some great people along the way.'

Juvenal Nsengimana, Rwanda (2013-14)

'University of Glasgow = Learning, and more above learning. 1. Good taught programmes objectively designed to meet the students’ expectations 2. Competent and supportive lecturers 3. Sharing various experiences from different countries all over the world / International university where you can get your mind open to the whole world 4. Glasgow people = more than kind and friendly 5. Glasgow = the city with a very rich cultural heritage featured especially in architecture. But before you decide: 1. Scottish accent especially for non English native people 2. Hardworking, but worthy in the academic world 3. Expensive, but worth it for a valuable cause. After all: Be sure you will leave proud of yourself.'

Aniket Pradhan, India (2013-14)

'I came from India and always wanted to study in the UK. The University of Glasgow is one of the most renowned international universities with incredible history and a high academic reputation. However, I chose the University of Glasgow mainly because of the programme, it offered. It was exactly what I was looking for, LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy. The university offers a wide range of scholars who teach this programme. They provide you with a truly international environment and the objective and detailed feedback that you receive on research, assignments / coursework and class presentations is extremely valuable. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to study and do research independently; being exposed to the different perspectives of my peers; and participating in the university's numerous and varied range of academic activities. The small class sizes lead to beneficial and pleasant interactions. The supportive professors and multicultural friends are the best features of student life here. I have also had a very pleasant experience while interacting with the administration at the university who truly care for the students. Glasgow is by far the friendliest city I have ever been to. The people here are very loving, kind and always eager to help with a smile. I have enjoyed interacting with Glaswegians and also learning from them about their rich heritage and culture. From Glasgow, travel is also extremely easy around Scotland, the UK and continental Europe. I would highly recommend coming to the University of Glasgow to study. Regardless of the programme you enter, the university provides a top notch education to prepare you for the world beyond university life and the experiences and friendships you gain while living in such a fantastic city will last for a lifetime.'

Sheona Burrow, United Kingdom (2012-13)

'I am probably biased because I grew up in Glasgow but as an adult returning after 10 years away I still think Glasgow is a friendly buzzing city with lots to offer everyone. The University of Glasgow is a great place to study. There is plenty of postgraduate specific space for meeting and studying. The LLM programme offers opportunities to meet with all the LLM students, rather than those just on your programme. The staff are friendly and helpful. The sports facilities are also good, with the gym and swimming pool being located on campus. I joined the tennis club - which has been brilliant. It is also quite easy to get a train to different parts of Scotland or even to London and other parts of the UK.'

Flora Hachemi, France (2012-13)

'Not only would I recommend the LLM programme at the University of Glasgow as one of high quality, the city itself is one of the best places I have had the opportunity to live. The West End, where the university is, is a charming and exciting neighbourhood where there is always something going on - and only a stone throw away from the city centre and its many many shops and concert venues!'

Calum Slater, United Kingdom (2012-13)

'With the launch of CREATe it is an excellent time to study Intellectual Property Law in Glasgow. My experience of the taught LLM programme has been first-rate. I think it accommodates equally well those with a background in Intellectual Property and newcomers; part and full time students; and those whose eyes are on legal practice and more abstract concerns. I have commuted from Edinburgh, and particularly handy is the subway connecting Glasgow city centre to the university in minutes. The campus is both ancient and modern, and everything is well situated. Although people from Edinburgh might not often admit it, Glasgow really is the friendly, lively city that Glaswegians claim, and I have completely fallen for the West End. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Programme and city to anyone.'

Philip Van Der Weijde, Netherlands (2012-13)

'Studying the LLM in Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy has been a pleasant experience from the very beginning. The support of both teaching and administrative staff contributes to a great learning environment; as well do the excellent library facilities and the beautiful campus. Teaching takes place in small groups, which enables you to actively engage in discussions with professors and your fellow students. Throughout the year the university is very keen on organising various events in which you have to opportunity to get to know other students and Glasgow as a city. Besides the excellent university Glasgow offers a vibrant nightlife, friendly people and amazing landscape just on your doorstep.'

Academic staff

The LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy is taught by a team who combine academic excellence with first-hand knowledge and experience of the practical workings of the law in a wide range of related areas, including: intellectual property law, competition law, ecommerce, and information technology

Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy Team

Dr Thomas Margoni (programme convener)
Prof Rosa Greaves
Prof Tom Guthrie
Prof Martin Kretschmer
Ms Pauline McBride
Dr Andreas Rahmatian
Prof Mira Sundara Rajan

Practical Experience

Members of staff

  • have worked at EU institutions including the European Commission and the European Court of Justice
  • have worked at major law firms specialising in intellectual property law and EU competition law
  • have undertaken consultancy work for the Government of Canada
  • have provided legal advice to a diverse range of commercial organisations on ecommerce, rights management, intellectual property, and information issues
  • have extensive litigation experience in relation to intellectual property infringement, information technology law, data protection, and breach of confidence.

Academic Excellence

Members of staff:

  • have published widely in leading publications on questions of international, EU and national intellectual property law, as well as EU competition law
  • have contributed to leading international collaborative research projects such as Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)
  • sit on the Advisory Board of a number of peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Comparative Law, the European Journal of Law and Technology, and the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues
  • have held positions and taught at a number of other leading universities, including the University of Oslo, Stockholm University, the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris X), the Catholic University of Lisbon, University of British Columbia, Georgia State University, University of Washington, Monash University, New York University,  Magdalen College, National Law School of India, NALSAR India. 

Staff Outreach

Members of staff

  • participate in the work of numerous important organisations such as the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Centre for International, European & Comparative Law (Paris IV), the Art and Humanities Research Council, the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property, and the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Committee
  • are regularly invited to present papers at seminars, workshops, and international conferences in the UK and abroad
  • work with media organizations on news stories and documentaries in Canada and India
  • judge on international mooting competitions such as the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, the European Law Moot Court Competition, and the Central and Eastern European Moot Court Competition.

Career prospects

The programme provides high-level training at the intersection of law and technology - an area of crucial importance to legal professionals everywhere. The emphasis on research will help you to develop excellent analytical and writing skills highly sought after by potential employers. Internship opportunities with leading global and local firms support the development of further skills.  Career paths include roles in law firms, entertainment and media companies, international organisations, government  and non-governmental organisations.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy are a good first degree in law (2:1 upwards or equivalent) or a first degree (2:1 upwards or equivalent) with at least 50% of the credits in law.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall;  no sub-test less than 62
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18


Home and EU
Full time fee£7700
Part time 20 credits£856
Full time fee£17250

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the LLM. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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